Hot on the heels of the hotly contested ban on large sugary soda drinks, currently being fought out in court, the Mayor has proposed another ban.
This time it’s a ban on displaying cigarettes in convenience stores and bodegas. The justification is to try and deter young people from taking up smoking.
There has been an outcry from those who regard each person’s right to be as unhealthy as they choose to be so important that they see all such bans as ridiculous.
Others have a broader public health perspective, that helping to stop people getting lung cancer or becoming obese helps those people and cuts down on the public funds spent on treating people with these medical conditions.
The answer is not a yes or no, it’s how we agree to live together. There are any number of vexed public health, public education and public order issues that NYC faces daily. People are allowed to hold whatever view they wish, it’s their right.
However the strength of NYC as a place to live rests on how we treat each others views. If we treat everyone with respect then we we will reach solutions that are also respectful and workable. COMMENT on whether you think cigarettes for sale sahould be hidden from view.